Boston, MA
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Reviews 58 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking anywhere in Boston is a nightmare. Why any college student in Boston would want to have a car is completely beyond me.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's a really old city- you're bound to find about a million hole-in-the-wall places with scrumptious food.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Museums! Galleries! Red Sox! Cultural festivals happening all the time! Conventions! Concerts! Ballet, opera, symphony! And so on

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: So. Many. Potheads. Lots of people drink, too, as usual in college. Sure, they're annoying, but it's not totally intolerable. If you don't want to partake, that's fine too. If it happens in the dorms, though, and you get caught... You're in deep s***.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: You get to build your own curriculum. Of course, there are requirements, but there's a great variety of classes you can take to fulfill those requirements. That means that you can have fun fulfilling requirements, you can take the classes you need to shape your practice how you want, to learn how to do what you think is necessary.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The library is one of my favorite places at school!

5 College Freshman

Facilities: It's so easy to go interdisciplinary here... Mixed media is the thing to do, and it really opens up your options and creativity!

4 College Freshman

Computers: Art school. All Macs. It's all good.

Internet is decent, printing is good (free B&W letter size!).

If you're in a digital media class, you use the classrooms that have computers for your use. It's not a bad idea to have your own, though.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: If you're good you can get really good merit scholarships, but the tuition is still pretty high. There are a lot of opportunities for other scholarships and grants, though, so there are a lot of options.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's New England. Fall is beautiful, winter is cold and snowy and grey, spring is about half winter 2.0, and the summer is disgustingly hot and humid.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: As annoying as the MBTA can be at times, you really can't complain- anywhere you need to go in Boston, you can get there on the T or on a bus. If not, it's a pretty small city, so walking isn't an issue.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Being at SMFA has been a learning experience... Sexual orientations cover everything under the sun, as do political beliefs. There are international students from pretty much everywhere.. it's a very diverse campus!

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: A lack of consolidated on-campus housing leads to a lack of options. There's the Cafe at school, which is pretty good, but it's basically useless if you're not actually at school. It's not a lack of quality but rather a lack of availability.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's art school ... Pretty much anything goes, as long as it's nothing blatantly disrespectful (to the law, to others, to your environment, etc.)

4 College Freshman

Academics: SMFA isn't like any other art school. It's very open-ended and there's a lot of freedom to choose what you want to do- this requires a lot of self-motivation, though. It's sink or swim and it's directly related to how much effort you put in. If you're willing to do the work, however, you are surrounded by faculty that will help you be better than you've ever been.

5 College Freshman

Academics: If you're not too academically inclined, you can take your required courses through SMFA- these courses are built for art school students, so it's more attuned to the thinking process of artists. If you're looking for something more challenging, you can take classes at Tufts... Need I say more?

4 College Junior

Academics: The academics at the school it self offers english and art history. The other requirements are taught at tufts university. As an SMFA student it's almost as though you attend two schools: Tufts university and School of the Museum of Fine Arts. That option allows one to pursue an art practice and even a major or minor in an academic field. The only downfall is that tufts campus is far from SMFA campus, but SMFA provides a shuttle to the campus, so that helps. The facilities are well equipped with a Mac lab and library.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The people in the financial aid office are helpful and friendly and have made exceptions with late payments, i'm grateful for that. However, the aid i've received hasn't helped significantly. I'm still struggling to make payments and the payments are large each month, it would help if they could be smaller and more frequent.

1 College Junior

Parking: There's not much parking available, most space require you to be a Massachusetts resident, or one needs to pay for a space in a lot. It's really not necessary to have a car in Boston, public transportation is simpler. Unless, you're commuting I wouldn't recommend driving.

College Senior

Greek Life: there is none whatsoever. Go to Tufts if you want that.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: They give you money at first but by your final year you have very little aid.

1 College Freshman

Transportation: Housing is off-campus. You'll have to find an apartment anywhere in the neighborhoods of Boston. But there is the subway and public buses. However, the atmosphere in public transportation is not always pleasant, and expect some delays when the weather gets bad.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Since I'm from Los Angeles, California, the weather in Boston kind of sucks. The winter is really long and the snow just makes commuting to school really difficult. I also don't like rain, so when it rains, it just makes my day/commute worse. The weather in Boston is very unpredictable. It can be bright and sunny one day, and freezing and windy the next Take advantage of the warm, sunny days by going outside.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Because it's a small private school, they don't provide much financial aid. It was so bad for my family that I had to take a leave of absence for the second semester of my freshman year. They're sort of stingy with their money.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: I gave it a C, mostly because this question is really about where you stand on the issue. Practically everyone here smokes cigarettes, and you'll see the cloud wafting out from the front commons as you walk by. Mixed with the cigarettes you'll see plenty of joints being passed without reservation. Teachers are mostly lenient about smoke breaks, and students walk to the park to smoke marijuana over lunch break. You'll occasionally have critiques where teachers allow students to bring in wine/booze. Final review boards often have alcohol present. There is plenty of off-campus drug-usage, but thats not really the responsibility of the school. SMFA offers on-site drug/alcohol counseling.


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